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  • Katie Holmes to make directorial debut

    Actress Katie Holmes will make her directorial debut and star in the film adaptation of artist and writer Annie Weatherwax’s book All We Had, its producers said. Holmes, 35, the ex-wife of actor Tom Cruise who is appearing in The Giver currently...

  • Royals rediscovered

    Royals rediscovered

    A hidden painting of Queen Elizabeth I and an 18th century insect have been uncovered by art experts preparing an exhibition of royal portraits. The portrait of the Queen was painted over sometime in the 18th century to make her appear more modern...

  • Artists’ installation makes shadows fun

    Artists’ installation makes shadows fun

    A new public art installation in Bristol launched last week is to record people’s shadows and play them back for others to interact with. For six weeks technology fitted into street lights will capture people as they walk underneath and then play...

  • Monroe photo negative to go under the hammer

    Monroe photo negative to go under the hammer

    She was to become one of the most celebrated icons of all time. Marilyn Monroe was the unknown Norma Jeane Baker, a factory girl dreaming of becoming a model. Aged just 20, she was posing for her first professional photoshoot and almost 70 years...

  • PDM for Sofar Sounds London

    PDM for Sofar Sounds London

    Sofar Sounds, the secret gig present in over 86 countries that was launched in Malta earlier this year, now takes it a step forward with a Valletta 2018 exchange project that will see local band Plato’s Dream Machine perform in the UK. When the...

  • A journey of music

    A journey of music

    An all-Gozitan band, The Travellers are merging their own style of folk, pop, indie and reggae with Maltese lyrics to belt out a unique sound. The current line-up is Chris Gatt on vocals, Joseph Xerri on trumpet, Sylvano Mizzi on saxophone, Andrew...

  • Incredible ability with improvised work

    Incredible ability with improvised work

    One problem with organ recitals is that the audience rarely sees the performer during the actual performance, the consul of the organ usually being hidden away from the view of the audience. In the case of the newly-restored organ of the St Paul...

  • Explore Vittoriosa through theatre

    Explore Vittoriosa through theatre

    The last run of Qatt ma Ninsa – Birgu, a performance based on the eponymous exhibition held earlier this year, is being held today. The production, which is a collaboration between the Valletta 2018 Foundation and the Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre...

  • Female artists in mixed media exhibition

    Three female artists have come together to present their art works in an exhibition titled WE 3. Doriette Gauci Sciortino, the organiser of the exhibition, works in oils and is best known as an interpreter of marine art. Grace Borg has developed...

  • Piano festival to feature international conference

    Piano festival to feature international conference

    The Valletta International Piano Festival, founded by Evelina Batey, will be hosting the European Conference of European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) in 2018, when Valletta will be European Capital City of Culture. EPTA was founded in 1978 by...

  • What Vincent did next

    What Vincent did next

    We loved him before he was cool. Vincent Fournier, the hero from A Space Boy Dream, is back from the dead. Web comic creators Mark Scicluna and Moira Zahra discuss the gentle art of hipster-baiting with Ramona Depares. Vincent is that rare breed...

  • Edinburgh’s culture-crazy fringe

    Edinburgh’s culture-crazy fringe

    Once again, Jo Caruana spent August standing in line as one of the 2,183,591 ticket holders at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She shares her highlights from the world’s biggest arts event. As an arts journalist, I try to make it a point to visit...

  • Street dance at its most exciting

    Street dance at its most exciting

    From body-popping to breakdancing, they do it all. Jo Caruana reviews the German-based Notik Dance Company in their new show, Without Strings. Valletta had a real buzz about it on the night that I watched the Notik Dance Company make their local...

  • Central Academy of Ballet’s performance

    Central Academy of Ballet’s performance

    The Central Academy of Ballet presented A Midsummer Night’s Dream for their annual performance at Piazza Teatru Rijal, Valletta. The academy presented an abridged version of the play, set to the beautiful music of Felix Mendelssohn. The production...

  • Science returns to the City in artistic style

    Science returns to the City in artistic style

    Would you like to know about some unusual and bizarre medical practices? Are you curious about fantastical technologies dreamt by science fiction writers and how inventors are becoming part of today’s world? The Science in the City festival is the...

  • Building bridges through the arts

    Building bridges through the arts

    We are inviting Arabs back to Mdina says Paul-Gordon Chandler as he explains to Veronica Stivala how his contribution to the Mdina Contemporary Art Biennale brings with it a message about respecting the ‘other’. It’s not every day that eastern...

  • Polish artist at Palazzo dePiro

    Polish artist at Palazzo dePiro

    Artist Anastasia Ponyatovskaya Pace is currently holding an art exhibition at Palazzo dePiro, Mdina, until October 31. Ponyatovskaya Pace graduated as a young artist from the High College I.B. Ioganson in Sankt-Petersburg and the Russia Academy of...

  • The dame who is a brazen tart

    The dame who is a brazen tart

    Following hard on Malcolm Galea's Porn the Musical (see review below), with its relatively restrained comic treatment of porn, we have now had Revolt's Puss in Boots at the MADC Clubrooms in Santa Venera. Steve Hili, who has written the book and...

  • In Malta, everybody is related

    In Malta, everybody is related

    The recent revival at Pjazza Teatru Rjal of Porn: the Musical (book by Malcolm Galea, lyrics by Galea, Boris Cezek and Kris Spiteri, music by Spiteri and Cezek) goes back, with a few changes, to the original 2009 version. It puts aside the shorter...

  • Gets right under your skin

    Gets right under your skin

    JoeDirector: David Gordon GreenStarring: Nicholas Cage, Gary Poulter, Tye Sheridan117 mins; Class 15;Eden Cinemas I may have mentioned before that I tend to approach any film starring Nicolas Cage with trepidation. The 50-year-old actor is...

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